March 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 10) – President’s Message

***Message from Your OLA President
“Painting consumes labour not disproportionate to its effect; but a fellow will hack half a year at a block of marble to make something in stone that hardly resembles a man. ” ATTRIBUTION: Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 19, 1776 (1791).

Well, I’ve been hacking away for half a year now as OLA President. And having quite a bit of fun, too! What will the end product resemble?

Halfway through I know OLA’s accomplishments will owe much to other “painters and hackers” in the organization. Library Legislative Day on March 5th is one example. Planned by members of the Library Development and Legislation Committee our day at the Capitol is known as a fun time for legislators. According to Nan Heim, OLA lobbyist, the children’s book giveaway project and the READ poster creation add a liveliness that is unmatched in the legislative days of other organizations.

Thanks to Janet Webster, Diedre Conkling, Sara Charlton, and Gregory Lum (OASL) for major organizational work along with Nan and her assistant Amy. Thanks to State Library leadership and staff for local arrangements and enhancing the Capitol Galleria with library service displays. About half the legislators came to the Galleria for selecting books–books donated by many public libraries. This was designated as OLA-OASL Library Legislative Day and school librarians turned out to advocate with OLA members for HB 2586 the “Quality School Libraries” bill. It is exciting to have a bill being considered that almost all legislators feel good about supporting. Watch the progress of HB 2586 and the State Library’s budget bill HB 5026 in which Ready to Read funds reside.

 See you at the OLA Conference–soon!

 Mary Ginnane


March 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 10) – News

OLA Conference Update / OLA PLD Dinner / Get Ready to Raffle! / Oregon Reads: Blogs, blogs blogs! / Wise and Retired Round Table (WARRT)

***OLA Annual Conference Update
Registration for the 2009 OLA Conference ends March 26, 2009!

Online registration is available at:   If you haven’t registered for the 2009 OLA Conference yet, there is still time!  Conference information is available on the website.  If you have registration questions, please contact Garrett Trott at or (503) 589-8116.

Reservations can be made at the Phoenix Grand Hotel by calling 1-877-540-7800.  Rates are $109 for a room with a king size bed or $119 for a room with two queen size beds (plus 10% tax and fees) and are subject to room availability.  Be sure to supply the attendee code of OLA2009.  The hotel is likely to fill up, so make your reservation soon.

The following preconferences are scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2009.  Be sure to register soon as any preconference that does not have enough people registered may be canceled.

  • LISTEN UP: AUDIO BOOKS IN THE LIBARARY                     $95
    Robin Whitten, Editor & Founder Audiofile Magazine, Sam Wallin, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Jenny Berg, McMinnville Public Library, and Johnny Heller, Narrator
    Wed. April 1 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM in Santiam 1
    Whether for visually-impaired patrons, for commuters, or for people who just enjoy their literature out loud, audio books are increasingly high demand. What’s a library to do? Audio book enthusiast including library staff, company reps, readers, and authors will team up for a day bursting with practical information. When They Want Listen-Alikes: Listeners Advisory and Collection Development The Future of Literary Listening: Are MP3 Players So Yesterday? Put Yourself Out There: Podcasting Made Easy and Fun On-Demand Audio: The Latest from Library2Go and Overdrive Recorded Books will be onsite with behind-the-scene information, followed by a presentation from nationally known narrator, Johnny Heller. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, as well as information of new audio book technologies. Sponsorship for this program is provided by HarperMedia, HarperCollinsPublishers.
  • SO YOU WANT TO HAVE A CIRCULATING VIDEO GAME COLLECTION    Full Day-$85 or Half Day (Morning or Afternoon)-$42.50
    Megan Dazey, University of Oregon, Rosemary Nigro, University of Oregon, Andrew Cherbas, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library,and David Baker, University of Oregon
    Wed. April 1 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Santiam 2
    The morning portion of the pre-conference will focus on issues related to acquisitions (where to buy the games and find reviews), creating a collection development policy(what games and consoles to collect and reasons why you should have a video game collection) and cataloging video games (how-to with hands on experiences). The afternoon portion will focus on public services (creating a circulation policy), publicity/marketing (how to run a game night, publicize your collection), set-up(how to set up the consoles) and staff training(basic knowledge for staff that may not be familiar with video games).
  • INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC CATALOGING                            $85
    Cathy Gerhart, University of Washington, Rebecca Belford, University of Oregon
    Wed. April 1 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Santiam3
    This day-long workshop will be presented by Cathy Gerhart assisted by Rebecca Belford on basic cataloging of musical scores and sound recordings, including musical terminology, MARC tagging, and the cataloging rules unique to music materials. Examples will be in LC classification. The format includes overviews, opportunities to ask questions, and time to practice the day’s new knowledge on examples.
  • BASIC BOOK REPAIR FOR LIBRARIES                                   $90
    Carolee Harrison, Portland State University Library, Kristen Kern, Portland State University
    Wed. April 1 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Santiam 4
    This session will cover the selection of books for in-house mending, an introduction to book structure and archival repair materials, and hands-on instruction of several basic book repair procedures. Attendees will receive handouts with illustrated instructions for the repairs, as well as materials and contacts lists and a bibliography with further information. The hands-on workshop will include mending loose and torn hinges, tipping in pages, and recasing text blocks. Spine and endsheet repairs will be demonstrated. There will also be discussion on collection maintenance and how to prevent human and environmental damage to books.
    Marc Aronson, Author, Editor, Publisher, Speaker, Historian, Susan Smallsreed Multnomah County Library,and April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library
    Wed. April 1 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Santiam 5
    Teen Services 101! Join us for an exciting program that looks at current issues in teen services. Dr. Marc Aronson will discuss teens and reading, particularly the challenge of getting boys to read. Learn how to build bridges to reading by seeing boys for who they are. Find out ways to incorporate the latest research in teen brain development and behavior to better serve teens at your library. Gain new ideas for improving your young adult collection and programming. To reach teens where they are, learn ways to incorporate the web 2.0 technology they use into programming and outreach.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Raise the Bar on Leader and Staff Performance  $110
    Lauren Burnett, President, Center for Inner Quality
    Wed. April 1 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Santiam 6
    Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be influential, work effectively under pressure, build trusting relationships, and generate ideas to create a compelling future. If you occupy a position of leadership or are a support staff member; it is imperative that you lead AND serve from where you are to maintain a high level of library service that is competitive and cooperative. This inspiring and interactive workshop will give leaders and staff tools to apply at work. Build trust and influence in relationships through strategies and interpersonal skill inventory. Develop memorable customer experiences through 4 Key Points of Connection Use the Language of Body to create an Authentic Credible Presence Increase effectiveness under pressure through strategies that sustain performance, meet change resistance, counter urgency addiction and manage Emotional Labor. Generate new ideas/solutions and explore the use story to share library value.

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***OLA PLD Dinner
The Public Library Dinner will follow the preconferences on April 1st with the bar opening at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00.  Marc Acito, nationally known author of HOW I PAID FOR COLLEGE and ATTACK OF THE THEATER PEOPLE, and entertainer extraordinaire (do you know he used to sing opera?) will be our special guest.  After dinner he and his keyboardist Reece, will entertain us with a “book singing” followed by a “book signing.”  So don’t delay, get in your registration now!

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*** Get Ready to Raffle!
Yes, it’s time for the OYAN Raffle, held annually during the OLA conference.  OYAN’s only fundraiser, the raffle is a time-honored tradition that supports scholarships and other division activities throughout the year.  This year’s prizes include:

  • A night for 2 at the Heathman Hotel in Portland;
  • A pair of tickets to the Portland Arts & Lecture series;
  • $100 Powell’s gift card, and more!

Tickets availabe at the conference and, very soon, you can buy them at home through MemberClicks.  You don’t even have to attend the conference to win!  Watch for the announcement that it’s up and running. 

Ticket Prices: $5 each or 5 for $20.  (Only 500 tickets are sold.) Winners will be announced on April 3rd.

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***Oregon Reads: Blogs, Blogs, Blogs!
February 14 marked our state’s sesquicentennial, but Oregon Reads, the statewide reading program developed to celebrate our 150th birthday, is still going strong! Check out the Oregon Reads “Blogs and Online Discussion Groups” page ( to read and post comments on Lauren Kessler’s Stubborn Twig or follow Bat 6 author Virginia Euwer Wolff’s blog about her statewide speaking engagements. You can also link to reading groups on Facebook or Goodreads.

If you missed the chance to attend one of Lauren Kessler’s presentations, take advantage of a virtual presentation. Lake Oswego Public Library has made their video of her appearance available online at:

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***Wise and Retired Roundtable (WARRT) – A Nice Place to Hang Out
Are you retired from a library but still want to stay in touch with colleagues and activities in the Oregon library community?  OLA WARRT (Wise and Retired Roundtable) was formed last year at Convention to fill this need, and is looking forward to providing a lively and meaningful experience for all retirees, whether from a library or a public board position.  These are difficult times for maintaining public support and interpreting the role of the library in a changing technological environment.  Look what’s happening to newspapers – who could have imagined it?

WARRT held its first meeting of charter members at a luncheon in Salem, Friday, February 27, and has set as its first goal an increase in membership for a broader input of ideas. This will give us the ability to use the accumulated experience and history of our librarians to support the goals of OLA.  In addition to social networking, WARRT members talked about advocating for libraries through fundraising for OLA political action goals, sharing information at regional meetings about challenges to library support that come up from time to time, and helping librarians meet individual, local challenges through consultation and mentoring.   We were able to help out in the Galleria on Legislative Day, and it was fun. We want those who have served so well to join in our efforts to help keep libraries in Oregon strong in service and responsive to the political environment. If you wish to join or want to know more about the commitment before joining contact Aletha Bonebrake:  Or if you think of someone who has retired and might be interested, please pass this information along.

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March 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 10) – Happenings

Oregon Historical Society Research Library Closes / LNet is Looking for Advice! / Teaching with Digital Collections Symposium / Candidate Statements for ALA President

***Oregon Historical Society Research Library Closes
The Oregon Historical Society Research Library closed to the public on February 27.  As Jim noted below, this is a terrible loss not only to the library community but the entire state.  It’s my understanding that under current plans it will reopen in the near future to offer extraordinarily limited service supported by a skeleton staff, primarily providing access to and marketing reproductions of its photo collections as part of an e-commerce strategy.

The Northwest History Network is organizing an effort to seek a sustainable solution to the virtual closure of the Library.  As part of their effort they are circulating an online petition to demonstrate public support for the Library.  Below is a link to a resolution they drafted and the petition. Please feel free to add your name and forward the link to colleagues.

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***LNet is Looking for Advice!
L-net is looking for new volunteers to serve on our advisory board for a two year term, starting in 2009.

The role of the L-net Advisory Board is to set the mission, goals, and direction of L-net, our statewide digital reference service. The Board strives for broad representation geographically and by type and size of library. Advisors can come from any Oregon library or related organization.

L-net is Oregon’s statewide reference service which answers live chat and e-mail reference questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and encourages every library to provide virtual reference services to their community.

More information about the L-net advisory board can be found at  Travel to in-person meetings three times a year can often be reimbursed.  If you are interested in serving on the L-net Advisory Board, send an email by March 20, 2009, to Caleb Tucker-Raymond,

For information about L-net and our services, see

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***Teaching with Digital Collections Symposium
Please join us for Teaching with Digital Collections in the Liberal Arts Curriculum: A Symposium at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon May 21-23, 2009.  There is no conference fee, but registration is required. Space is limited so please register early.

What does it take to launch a digital asset management system that improves access and helps integrate digital materials into the curriculum? Through funding from the Keck and Booth Ferris Foundations, Reed College has been investigating this question in the arts & humanities curriculum.   The culmination of this project will be a two-day symposium to be held on the Reed College campus.

We invite you to come together with your colleagues to learn and share your experiences working with digital collections in the liberal arts context. This event is recommended for IT, library, and visual resources staff, teaching faculty, and anyone interested in support for teaching with digital collections, particularly images.

Full program details, registration, and local travel information are available at:

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***ALA Presidential Candidates
OLA has been receiving messages from the candidates for American Library Association Vice-President/President Elect that are shared below:

1)       My name is Kent Oliver and I ask that you vote for me as your next ALA President. I am a proven leader in ALA and libraries with the best all around qualifications and skills to be a successful and effective President of our association. I have devoted my life to libraries and will be a strong advocate and leader for the association. This experience includes services to children, young adults and school media centers.

Visit my website at to find out more about my career, endorsements, and positions on important library issues.

2)       I would like to introduce you to Roberta Stevens, candidate for ALA president.
Roberta has been a tireless worker for the ALA during her career, and is well-acquainted with all aspects of librarianism, having worked in public, school, academic and federal libraries…You can check out her website for more information.

Posted by Mary Ginnane, OLA President

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March 15, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 10) – The Welcome Committee

***Hillsboro Public Library has a new Circulation Services Manager
Monica Weyhe began as the new Circulation Services Manager of Hillsboro Public Library in early February, replacing Sylvia Lee who is now with Washington County Cooperative Library Services.  Monica was formerly the director of the Yakima Regional Library System and from Alaska prior to that.  She has more than 20 years experience in libraries and public administration in California, Alaska and Washington and has been active in the Washington Library Association, the Pacific Northwest Library Association and the Alaska Library Association.  She holds an MILS from University of Michigan and an MPA from University of Alaska.  Welcome to Oregon!